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Today... One thread per day / Re: Minday 26th
« on: Yesterday at 20:24:45 »
@realale and mum,  :hug: :hug:


Tech Know How / Re: Are we having site problems again?
« on: Yesterday at 19:15:33 »
I've had a few problems too, but thought it was the internet.

I've found it very slow to load, and I'm being told that I have already liked something when I can see I haven't...


House Beautiful / Re: It's Curtains for me!
« on: Yesterday at 17:34:19 »
@realale I've done that before now!  I find as I get older I try to do it 'proper'  - and unfortunately, this time, the ends will probably be on show... ;)

I only have the header tape to do now, and a couple of tiebacks.  Fingers crossed I can keep going for a few hours... :rolleyes:


House Beautiful / Re: It's Curtains for me!
« on: Yesterday at 12:28:33 »
@toileandtrouble , thank you for looking.  I had a look at Terry's and they did have the Sologlyde end stops, I hadn't looked at them as they were a different style to the original ones I had, which was just a normal hook which had a screw on the bottom.  These are more of a clip on thing.  So, I ordered two.  Got to checkout and had a shock as it was £4.99 for delivery!

So, I was very naughty, looked at the details, and ordered the same from Amazon  :| :rolleyes:

Thank you so much, you made me look again, when I thought I couldn't get what I wanted.


eta I'll let you know if they fit!  :laughing:

House Beautiful / Re: It's Curtains for me!
« on: Yesterday at 11:17:59 »
@toileandtrouble ,  That is so kind of you!  I couldn't add a picture of the rail as it's white on white and the sun is shining, so you couldn't see anything!  :rolleyes: But, I've taken a picture of the type and size of hook that fits the rail.

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In the wardrobe / Re: Two new tops and a tricky fabric
« on: Yesterday at 09:17:16 »
Love both of these, but the orangey one is favourite, it's lovely, and worth the fiddling.  Nice pattern too.

You've inspired me to go back to a piece of jersey I have that is behaving in a similar way. 


House Beautiful / Re: It's Curtains for me!
« on: Yesterday at 09:13:17 »
Progress Peeps!

Well, after double checking my measurements - they were well out - I re-calculated, and the voiles are going to be rather narrower than I first thought.  I know how the mistake happened, but I'm usually bright enough to spot that something is wrong, not this time obviously! 

@BrendaP , thanks for the nudge about a leading edge band.  I managed to salvage enough fabric from the top of the curtains to use as a 5" band, you can tell it's from the length rather than the width, but I'll call it a design feature!  :thumbsup:

@Surest1tch , no we have no Boyes near us, and the Internet isn't throwing up any solutions either.  I did manage to get extra hooks, although they are a bit tight, but just no end stops.  I guess it's the Heath Robinson approach then!  :rolleyes:

Hopefully they will be finished today, ready to hang when the carpet has been laid.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Minday 26th
« on: Yesterday at 08:35:09 »
Good morning all!

It's a bit cloudy out there, but still warm - I might have an hour in the garden later.

I seem to have a burst of energy going on, so I'm making the most of it.  I've nearly finished the voiles - after totally messing up the measurements on Friday - and they are looking good.  Hopefully, they will look alright when they are up, as they aren't as wide as I wanted.

OH has booked next week off work - it would have been this week if the PCR tests had proved positive.  So, must buy some paint and wallpaper in case he feels up to it!

Tesco delivery is coming later - with loads of substitutions.  What do you do if you don't like what they've sent?  I haven't used Tesco for many years, but decided to try it as I've gone of Morrisons.

@Iminei , try not to stress about their behaviour - it will only encourage them.  IMO bitchiness reflects their own inadequacies...

Hope all of you have a peaceful, calm and happy (if possible) day

 :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:


House Beautiful / Re: It's Curtains for me!
« on: July 25, 2021, 15:16:34 PM »
Nothing but problems atm with this project which should be straightforward.

I woke up yesterday with a niggle at the back of my mind which was telling me to double check my measurements, and guess what, they are wrong, so I need to start again... :headbang:  At least I haven't cut into the fabric, just straightened the edges.

Then I discovered that the end stops I have for the curtain rails, are the wrong ones...  I have two types, one has no name on it, the other is Harrison Drape.  The curtain track is the old one which was originally there.  We didn't replace it, as the window wall has a difficult (for us) curve, and the Swish rail was already cut to fit.  It seems that we made the wrong choice, as I can't find any end stops to fit, either in my stash, or on the internet.  :headbang:

OH says he may be able to cobble something together, but I have little faith in his Heath Robinson approach.  :rolleyes:

Any ideas Wise People?

Off I go to start measuring - again!  :facepalm:


Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 25th July!
« on: July 25, 2021, 14:58:24 PM »
@Tamnymore , as I read it, we are back to as we were.

It has been quite disruptive for us, because I had three out of four LFT positives.  Not sure if it's a dodgy batch or what, but I'll keep on testing once or twice a week.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 25th July!
« on: July 25, 2021, 13:12:35 PM »
Good morning all!  A pretty cloudy day here, but still warm. 

Someone asked for good news the other day, and I got my little bit of it this morning.  OH and I had our PCR test results back - and - drumroll please - both are NEGATIVE!!  Yay!!   :dance: :perfect10: :faints:

I spent all day yesterday just keeping busy with h*******k, and kept checking my phone, but, the text came this morning!

Bonus is, I have a nice clean house!!

It's curtains today though folks - voiles I mean!!

Hope those of you who haven't had such good news, have a calm and peaceful day

 :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:


eta, @Greybird:hug:

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday the ??? (24th July )
« on: July 24, 2021, 10:28:19 AM »
Dull here, with a bit of a cool breeze which is nice.  Hope the rain holds off, as I've stripped the bed, and it would be nice to get it washed and on the line.  Maybe I'll wait until tomorrow...

Anxiously waiting for Covid results, while listening to the Power Tool Maniac showing off his skills... :rant:

Going to have a re-think on the voiles later, I woke up convinced I had got the measurements wrong.  Brain Fog? Moi?

Just found a KS Egyptian cotton sheet in the bedding cupboard, with no matching top sheet.  I have no idea where it's come from, as I always use a top sheet as well.  Maybe DD can use it.  Failing that, it's toile fodder!

Have a quiet, peaceful day folks

 :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:


House Beautiful / Re: It's Curtains for me!
« on: July 23, 2021, 14:14:31 PM »
Well, fabric has marinated for a while, and I have picked it up this afternoon to see what I can do with it.

Length of fabric is 150"
Width of fabric 135" , although this has selvedges of 11"x2  so total width is 157".  However, the selvedge is not much use (I don't think)

Looking at the sums, I think I will railroad the fabric, as that gives me 15" extra fullness (7.5" each curtain)

Finished length of my curtains will be 83", so I'll have plenty length, it's just the width which will be a bit skimpy.  They are only dress curtains and not really going to be drawn - except on one side...

Reading this, it makes me think if I could cut the curtain which will never be drawn, a little narrower than the one which will...  Hmmmm :thinking:

Yes, I think that's the way to go.  Even a couple of inches will make a difference to coverage.

Sorry if anyone is bothering to read this, but it's just me thinking out loud - and my thoughts aren't always coherent.

Just off to do some more sums.


Today... One thread per day / Re: Todays Birthday
« on: July 23, 2021, 08:22:47 AM »
Many Happy Returns of the Day @So Chic !

Hope it's a wonderful one!

:toast: :cake: :flower:

Lovely cool breeze coming through the office windows here - up to now it's significantly cooler than yesterday.

PCR tests done and sent away, so we now have to wait, with fingers and toes crossed for the results - within 72 hours I believe.

The past two days have been horrible, but I have been sewing.  I took the fan upstairs, along with the puplingtons and we spent a miserable few hours up there.

I've a fair bit off paperwork to get done this morning, then I'm free to do as I please.

Did anyone notice Internet disruption yesterday?  I read about it, and wondered if that was why I had so much hassle getting a PCR test?  Also, my WhatsApp has been playing up...

Have a comfortable day today folks, and hugs if required

 :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug:


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